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daytona. >>> pope benedict xvi gave his final blessing at the vatican before his resignation, officially stepping down on thursday. alex savage is live with more on some of the controversy surrounding the process to find his replacement. alex? >> reporter: the church's sexual abuse scandal could certainly play a role in the selection process moving forward. today, catholics around the world and here in the bay area are honoring pope benedict xvi as he steps down just days later on this week. earlier on this morning, the outgoing pope gave his final blessing at the vatican. >> yes, guys, they are right there. >> the 85-year-old spoke from his studio window addressing a huge crowd that packs st. peter square. estimated at roughly 100,000 people. the pope spoke in a clear, strong voice thanking the faithful for their closeness and affection and tried to reassure catholics that he is not abandoning the church. he'll be stepping down on thursday. the first pope to do so in 600 years. and then soon the search for the next pope will begin. a conclave of 120 cardinals will vote in vote on benedi
. >>> continuing our coverage of the pope's resignation, less than a week before pope benedict xvi steps down, the italian media is publishing controversial reports about new secrets within the church. as molly line reports, today, the vatican blasted back at the reports. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi, praying with cardinals on the last day of lenten religious services. but outside the spiritual haven, a storm is brewing. the vatican is lashing out at the italian media for a string of what they call, quote, defamatory falsified reports. >> it is deplorable that as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the conclave and the cardinal electors will be held in conscience and before god to freely indicate their choice, that there be a widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable, or completely false news stories. >> reporter: italian newspapers in recent days have suggested a secret dossier prepared by the pope, alleging a series of scandals involving sex, money and power, even suggesting a, quote, shadowy gay lobby in the vatican. there's speculation in the italian media the
.ktvu.com and on our facebook page. >>> this is pope benedict xvi's last day as pope. >> he pledged reference and -- rev reference and obedience and he told them they are the princes of the church. and they are honoring special services. san francisco plans a thanksgiving mass and there will be plans for a long retirement and basilica and san jose are planning a special mass tonight. >>> he is a very senior person at the white house who threatened him saying he would regret blaming president barack obama for the quest tracing -- quest tracing. -- sequestering over the spending cuts. that generated an e-mail from the white house. >> it makes me very uncomfortable to have the white house telling reporters you are going to regret doing something you believe in. >> white house issued a statement saying no threat was intended in that e-mail. it was suggested that he would regret his statement about the sequester because it was not accurate. >>> across the board federal spending cuts are due to kick in and the senate is rivalling to replace the cuts. the likely result of the senate vote and what pr
. where scientists now say it came from. >>> with only who days left of pope benedict's reign we are getting information about what the future holds for him after he leaves. the cope will keep the name ben nick 16th and still addressed as his holiness once he retires. after he resigns he will no longer use the symbol of the pope. it will be destroyed along with benedict's seal after his departure. now, we also know that he will wear a very simple write robe without the customary red mantle. finally, his holiness is no longer going to be wearing red shoes. he will be trading these red shoes in for a pair of these brown shoes he received during a trip in mexico last year. >>> scientists in columbia have been closely examining the meteor and data. now they think they know where it came from. researchers have concluded that it was a chunk of rock from ancistroid. they say apollo -- asteroid. scientists say large apollos are significant risk to our planet and what happened 11 days ago was like a warning shot. >>> skin before a breast implant. why this new bay area-developed device may
whenever you want. visit citi.com/thankyoucards to apply. >>> pope benedict xvi is scheduled tomorrow to give his final prayer. today he came out to spray with the cardinals. meantime the italian media the reporting that the pope's resignation is based on the latest allegations. the vatican today slammed the media for what it calls defamatory falsified reports. >>> in los angeles, cardinal roger mahoney was unflappable as he answered questions under oath today. he was deposed for nearly 3-1/2 hours about his handling of clergy sex abuse cases during his time as los angeles arch bishop. church documents have suggested that mahoney knew priests were sexually abusing children but went out of his way to shield arrest. >>> today french president said france is engaged in the final phase of the fight against militants who are believed to be hiding in a mountainous area. troops from neighboring african nations are scheduled to move in. >>> take a look at this blaze in a fireworks warehouse in china. firefighters say the fire started in a candle company on the third floor of the building then
benedict xvi changed the rules. under the old laws they would have to wait 15 days to pick a new one but under the new rules they can start as soon as they all arrive. that will give them more time to pick a new pope. >> the conclave will be short, one person. cardinal keith o'brien resigned. there are reports that his resignation follows accusation of inappropriate sexual behavior 30 years and he is recusing himself so that he won't taint the proceeding with scandal. >>> investigators are widening their search for a homicide in las vegas. police identified harris this weekend as the prime suspect. he is accused of firing into a car driven by kenneth carry, jr. he has an extensive criminal history. >>> the oyster farm involved in a battle with the government got a reprieve and can stay open for now. the court granted a motion for an emergency injunction, that will allow them to remain open while the appeal is considered. they lost their lease in november after he said its operation was environmentally harmful. >> president obama today continued to push congress to reverse the automat
this november to try to keep their new jobs. >>> pope benedict xvi delivered his farewell address to a crowd of 15,000 people in vatican city today. [ speaking foreign language ] >> the 85-year-old pontiff asked catholics to pray for him and the new pope. he will meet with cardinals one last time tomorrow before he flied off. while the cardinals meet to choose a successor, thousands of people are placing bets on who it will be. it is illegal in the united states to do that. one received $200,000 in books in 48 hour. it includes, name, age and nationality of the new pope, when the conclave will start and finish. >>> the supreme court appeared divided over the voting rights act. based on arguments, they expect the court to over turn part of the law in june. congresswoman nancy pelosi rallied outside the court today with members of the black, hispanic and asian pacific american caucuses. >> for our democracy defend the voting rights act, block efforts to suppress the vote. >> the 1965 law was designed to protect black voters known for discrimination. it requires federal approval before changes.
, and for the new pope. >> pope benedict xvi made what is expected to be his final public appearance today before some 150,000 people in st. petter's square. the 85-year-old pope talked about the choppy waters during his papacy as well as the joys. he thanked people for respecting his decision to retire, which takes effect tomorrow. >>> in new zealand, a tv helicopter caught pictures of what is believed to be the same shark that killed a swimmer. the victim is identified as a 46-year-old man, adam strange. police raced out in boats. they don't know if they killed the shark. surfers say it's likely a great white. >>> and in the tiny african kingdom, britain's harry danced for children. the students also taught him some sign language. it is located within south africa. it has one of the highest rates of hiv/a.i.d.s. in the world. >>> this is a bittersweet night here at ktvu as we say goodbye to reporter rita williams, who is retiring after 35 years here at the station. we're happy for rita, but boy are we going to miss her presence in our newsroom. rita is a top notched journalist, and very accompl
: the vatican is on the defense this morning. it denies claim from italian media that pope benedict decided to resign after getting a report from cardinals in december outlining corruption and homosexuality in the vatican. >> the pope's resignation takes effect on thursday. at a vatican news conference, we deseed that he started to move up the process of -- dear decided to move up the -- decided to move up the process of electing a new pope. the vatican today denied claims the pope is resigning under these claims. >> i don't worry they are being taken in by it. >> three cardinals authored the pope. the pope read this report in december and considered releasing it to other cardinals but instead the word is from the vatican he's putting it back in the papal abeat its waking the next pope's review. keith o'brien from scotland is being forced into early resignation. all of this is happening as california's 11 million catholics observe lent. live in washington, kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> peninsula state assemblyman jerry hill is calling for an audit of the state public utilities com
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